In response, a number of blogsites and bloggers fired back at Mr. Beltram via blog postings and emails. It should come as no suprise that the Blogland has been one of those blogsites who have challenged Mr. Beltram's claims ... yet again.
While we're used to his spin and empty talk, as well as seeing the use of his party office to promote his personal agendas, he took his political games to a new and dangerous low. Claiming attacks made been made by bloggers who were anonymous, he called for the employers of bloggers to force their employees to forfeit their First Amendment liberties as a condition of employment:
Since, most of these Bloggers are known political personalities and work for firms that engage in daily Political Consulting; there needs to be some restraint imposed by the employer.
- Unedited quote taken directly from his media release.
These comments are reminiscent of Hitler and his thugs who used force and intimidation to silence critics during their rise to power, and the concentration camps to kill them by the millions once in power. It also reminds us of those plantiffs in Briggs v. Elliott who lost their jobs and homes in retaliation for challenging South Carolina's discriminatory and then-segregatged education system in federal courts.
His views do not seem compatible with a party whose creed proclaims:
I do not choose to be a common man. It is my right to be uncommon.
If I can seek opportunity, not security, I want to take the calculated risk to dream and build, to fail and to succeed. I refuse to barter incentive for dole.
I prefer the challenges of life to guaranteed security, the thrill of fulfillment to the state of calm utopia.
I will not trade freedom for beneficence, nor my dignity for a handout. I will never cower before any master, save my God.
It is my heritage to stand erect, proud and unafraid. To think and act for myself, enjoy the benefit of my creations; to face the whole world boldly and say, "I am a free American."
Beltram's regular puffery and abuse of party resources for his shameless self-promotion has been embarassing enough for many Republicans, but when he advocates the silencing of political dissent by threatening the ability of those critics to support their families, in the best traditions of the Nazi party and Jim Crow era southern Democratic Party, he has crossed a dangerous line.
Spartanburg Republicans should ask themselves if this is the kind of leadership their party needs or deserves. If they decide they deserve better, then it's time for a change.